This movie version of the popular stage musical, very loosely based on the story of Diana Ross and The Supremes, stars music industry darling Beyoncé. However, the real star of this film is Jennifer Hudson. She totally outshines her co-stars Anika Noni Rose, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy, and even Ms Knowles fades into the shadows when Hudson’s around.
After competing in American Idol in 2004, Hudson made her film debut in Dreamgirls in 2006, a role which won her an Oscar. More recently she’s starred in Sex and the City and The Secret Life of Bees and of course she sung at the Michael Jackson memorial concert. She’s well and truly made it, and with talent like hers, she deserves to.
So with the X Factor final this weekend, I’ve been wondering what other reality TV singing stars have made it big over the past decade:
The original reality TV talent show Popstars gave us Hear’say, resulting in Corrie star Kym Marsh and face of the M&S advertising campaigns Myleene Klass. Klass also starred in the movie Igor as the voice of Dr Holzwurm.
I liked these Popstars finalists, but after disbanding they’ve all just floated around the Reality TV world doing nothing outstanding. Shame.
Since winning Pop Idol in 2002, Will had some big hits (including that one with the Top Gun inspired video) and his career took off. He’s bagged numerous awards and become a highly successful recording artist. He also starred in the movie Mrs Henderson Presents.
Pop Idol runner up Gates may have done a successful West End run in Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat and it’s great that he’s poised to star in Les Mis, but for me he’ll always be the one who sang that annoying song from Ghost – Unchained Melody.
Only joking. Cheryl Cole is of course the nation’s sweetheart, so how could anybody not know of Girls Aloud. The band starred in the 2007 St Trinian’s film and Sarah Harding has starred in a few additional movies, including St Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, out at cinemas on 18th December.
Hmm, yeah, rings no bells with me either, but she won American Idol Season Three (that’s the same American Idol that introduced Jennifer Hudson to the world). A film has been made about her life, in which she stars, called Life is not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story.
Winner of American Idol in 2005. Underwood is now a massive country music star over in the US, but virtually unknown over here in the UK.
Pickler was a contestant on American Idol in 2006, but didn’t win. Nevertheless, she’s making a name for herself over in the country music world. Taylor Swift fans probably know who she is (they’re best mates), but she’s not really known on this side of the Atlantic. I’m keeping my eye on her though as I reckon she’d be perfect for playing the lead role in the Dolly Parton life story stage musical (yes, it’s on the cards). Apparently though, Dolly has someone else in mind for the stage show, and for the film version she’ll be dubbing the singing vocals herself, so the movie could end up starring any actress who’s suitably well-endowed, regardless of their singing talent.
Pop Idol 2007 winner Lewis was quickly welcomed from across the pond and has truly made it as an international star. She performs the song I see You in the James Cameron movie Avatar, out in cinemas on 17th December.
Has this Pop Idol 2008 winner made it yet? I’m not sure.
They lost out to Burke in 2008, but their recent UK chart successes show that they’re making up for it now.
So, when you look at how many X Factor, American Idol, Popstar winners have faded out of the public eye over the past decade, it makes you realise that it’s not that many that make it big. It’s a tough world out there.
I’m personally hoping that Geordie Joe McElderry wins X Factor this weekend. He’s got a lovely voice, a lovely face (anyone else think he has a look of Hilary Swank?), and a lovely demeanor. Whether he wins or not doesn’t really matter though. I think he’s got a great career ahead of him, and that potentially includes the movies. The camera loves him and a musical role similar to Hudson’s in Dreamgirls would be perfect. If not that though, I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s crooning the theme song for the next big Disney movie.
Dreamgirls is showing tonight, 11th December, on Film 4 at 9pm